Designing a Gyroid-Based Radiator: Bringing Together CAD and nTopology into a Single Workflow
In this webinar, Professor Olaf Diegel presents a workflow for designing a gyroid-based radiator, a type of air-to-liquid heat exchanger, in nTopology.
Starting from a single parametric multi-bodied part created in Solidworks, he creates a reusable design workflow in nTopology that generates a gyroid lattice for heat transfer and updates automatically if the CAD design inputs change.
The presentation also focuses on the importance of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM). Professor Olaf Diegel touches upon print orientation, overhangs, and large cross sections, internal support ribs and other strategies for minimizing the need for sacrificial support material.
You will learn to:
- Use a multi-body native CAD part to quickly alter nTopology geometry
- Understand the overall thought process behind designing a heat exchanger in nTopology and of using TPMS lattice structures
- Core principles of DfAM for metal powder bed fusion
Professor Diegel has shared his Solidworks and nTopology files for you to download and try during or after the webinar. Download here.
Professor Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Olaf is both an educator and a practitioner of additive manufacturing (AM) and product development with an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. In his role as professor of additive manufacturing, at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, he is involved in all aspects of AM and is one of the principal authors of the annual Wohlers Report, considered by many to be the bible of AM. His current main area of research expertise is in design for AM. In his consulting practice he develops a wide range of products for companies around the world. Over the past three decades he has developed over 100 commercialized new products including innovative new theatre lighting products, security and marine products and several home health monitoring products and, for this work, has received numerous product development awards.
Over the last 20 years, Olaf has become a passionate follower of AM. He believes it is one of the technologies that has been a real godsend to innovation as it allows designers and inventors to instantly test out ideas to see if they work. It also removes the traditional manufacturing constraints that have become a barrier to creativity, and allows us to get real products to market without the normally high costs that can become a barrier to innovation. In 2012, Olaf started manufacturing a range of 3D printed guitars that has developed into a successful little side-business.